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Summer Student - Nursery Worker



Competition # : 38497 

Department: Natural Resources & Renewables


Type of Employment: Student

Union Status: Exclusion - Non Union - NSPG 

Closing Date: 3/31/2023 (Applications are accepted until 11:59 PM Atlantic Time)

About Us


Nova Scotia is rich in natural resources – including biodiversity, forests, provincial parks and the land we manage. The Department of Natural Resources and Renewables is responsible for the development, management, conservation and protection of forest, parks and wildlife resources and the administration of the province's Crown land. Together we are working with Nova Scotians to build a better future through sustainable natural resource management as we all benefit from the natural health and wealth of the province. 

About Our Opportunity


Need a summer job but don’t want to spend all day behind a desk inside? Come join our team and experience an exciting opportunity working at the Provincial Forest Nursery. We’re recruiting for summer students to help our province achieve big things!
We are seeking a Summer Student Nursery Worker who will be involved in many phases of tree seedling production at the nursery facility.

Primary Accountabilities


You will also assist with the maintenance of our greenhouses including weeding, thinning crops and other related duties. Other duties will include loading trucks and wagons, sorting seedlings, cleaning greenhouses and other labour related duties.
This position requires the ability to work as part of a team and performs strenuous manual tasks in an outdoor environment. As such, you must be able to do repetitive work for long periods at a time. Bending and lifting will be necessary for many tasks.

Qualifications and Experience


You are currently a full-time university, community college student and returning to study in the fall or next applicable semester. Proof of returning to studies may be required.

  • A valid NS Class 5 Drivers License (or equivalent)
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to work independently as well as positively interact with co-workers as a team player
  • Good organizational skills, judgment, attention to detail and ability to multi task


  • Previous forest nursery or greenhouse experience
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and Regulations;
  • Valid First Aid Certificate and WHMIS training
  • Knowledge of mechanical and machinery maintenance
  • A Class 3 driver's licence with air brakes.

We will assess the above qualifications using one or more of the following tools: written examination, standardized tests, oral presentations, interview(s), and reference checks.

Working Conditions


Work as part of a team and performs strenuous manual tasks in an outdoor environment. As such, you must be able to do repetitive work for long periods at a time. Bending and lifting will be necessary for many tasks.

Additional Information


This is a student employment opportunity with an anticipated work term of May 1 to July 7, 2023. Please note: each student’s rate of pay is based on the student's current academic level. 



Pay Grade:   

Salary Range:  $14.90 - $28.12 Bi-Weekly   


Employment Equity Statement:

Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we serve.  The Government of Nova Scotia has an Employment Equity Policy, and we welcome applications from Indigenous People, African Nova Scotians and Other Racially Visible Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Women in occupations or positions where they are under-represented.  If you are a member of one of these equity groups, you are encouraged to self-identify on your electronic application.


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Offer of employment is conditional upon the completion of all applicable background checks and confirmation of credentials, the results of which must be satisfactory to the employer. We thank all applicants for the interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. All questions and concerns may be directed to